Carlos Correa 'loved' Eduardo Rodriguez mocking him

By , WEEI 93.7

Red Sox manager Alex Cora may not have liked Eduardo Rodriguez mocking Houston star Carlos Correa’s “my time” celebration in Boston’s 12-3 win Monday night at Fenway Park, but the Houston slugger didn’t have a problem with it.

In fact, Correa actually embraced Rodriguez mockingly pointing to his own wrist when he got the Houston star shortstop to ground out to second for the final out of his impressive six innings of work on the way to the victory.

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“He did my celebration," Correa said, per NBC Sports Boston. "I thought it was kind of cool. It's just the way baseball should trend moving forward. We talk about making baseball fun, we talk about baseball growing and more people watching the sport, you need things like that. You need things like that, you need to let the players have fun. I loved it, personally. I think the game should move in that direction where you can show emotions, you can be yourself, and you can keep it real.”

Much like Correa earned the right to point to his wrist after a home run that helped Houston win the first game of the ALCS, Rodriguez did the same by pitching six innings and allowing just three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts to help the Red Sox take a 2-1 lead in the series.

“There's a lot of fakeness out there that the cliché answers that you get," Correa said. "I feel like players should be more real, players should be able to express themselves and have fun. I loved every single bit of it.

"He pitched a great game. He threw six innings. He struck out like seven. He was nasty. His fastball coming out was great. Whenever you have a performance like that against the No. 1 offensive team during the season, and we were the No. 1 offensive team during the season, you can do whatever you want and you should have fun with it."

Correa’s youthful, new-age response to Rodriguez is in sharp contrast to the Red Sox manager’s. Cora yelled toward his pitcher, ordering him to stop the mocking gesture on the field and then explained his displeasure afterwards.

“Because we don't act that way," Cora said. "We just show up, we play, and we move on, and he knows. I let him know. We don't have to do that. If we're looking for motivation outside of what we're trying to accomplish, we're in the wrong business. The only motivation we have is to win four games against them and move on to the next round."

After the chat with his manager, Rodriguez expressed regret for his actions and even said he would apologize to Correa if he got the chance. Clearly, though, the Houston star doesn’t see the need.

Correa seems to go to the school of thought that when you walk the walk you get to talk the talk.

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